What is overwintering on my forsythia? #608107 - Ask Extension

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What is overwintering on my forsythia? #608107

Asked December 08, 2019, 1:42 PM EST

I was hanging Christmas decorations on my large forsythia bush and found a little cocoon like bulge attached to one of the branches. Its about an inch long and soft (I gently touched it).

Baltimore County Maryland

Expert Response

Neat.
That is the egg case (technically known as an 'ootheca') for a type of praying mantis.

More about them here: https://www.extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/predators-praying-mantid-mantis


Christine

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